HAM­MERS PULL PLUG ON MBOYO

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JONNY FORD­HAM

WEST HAM have pulled the plug on swoop­ing for a player who had been jailed for his part in a gang rape.

Ham­mers chair­man David Sul­li­van halted a move for Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional Ilombe Mboyo who 10 years ago served three years of an eight-year sen­tence be­hind bars for the at­tack on a 14-year-old girl.

Now 26, Mboyo seems to have got his life back on track and hit 20 goals for Gent last sea­son.

But West Ham chief Sul­li­van said af­ter a back­lash from Irons fans: “I couldn’t go against the sup­port­ers. We wanted their opin­ions and they seem to have said no.

“We didn’t sign El-Hadji Diouf when the sup­port­ers in­di­cated he would not be ac­cept­able to the club. We will not pro­ceed on this oc­ca­sion ei­ther.”

The Ham­mers have also been dealt a blow in their pur­suit of for­mer Chelsea man Salomon Kalou.

The Ivory Coast star said he is stay­ing put at Lille.

Kalou said: “I do not see why I should go for some­thing else­where.”

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